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My potato or Russian salad

My potato or Russian salad

Today, this potato salad can be enjoyed every day, but that was not always the case. It once was a salad eaten only on special occasions. Why? Quite simply – it takes a long time to prepare (all that boiling, peeling, chopping). It seems quite simple but actually takes a lot of time. Potato salad has been a special treat since childhood, and even today, it is still a delicacy for me that I prepare once every three years or so, using only the best ingredients – organic balogna and peas, home made pickles, farm eggs, and, the most important thing – home made mayo that I prepare myself. Then this salad reaches a whole new level and a perfect taste. Oh, and I was quite surprised in a Madrid tapas bar when I ordered Russian salad and got nothing other than my beloved potato salad.

Ingredients

460 g boiled potatoes, skin on
340 g pickled gherkins
5 boiled, large organic eggs
400 g balogna
350 g canned organic green peas, drained ( I love the ones from organic brand Biona, because they are smaller in size)
1,5 tsp russian or any other “sharp” mustard
300 g sour cream
sea salt to taste 
freshly ground black pepper to taste

mayonnaise:
1 organic egg yolk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
sea salt to taste 
freshly ground black pepper to taste
50 ml neutral oil (like grapeseed or macadamia nut)
1 tbsp lemon juice

Prepare

Put the potatoes and carrots in a pot to boil until done. If some pieces are ready before the others, remove them and put aside. Drain and put the pot back on the heat just a bit to rest. Meanwhile, boil the eggs by placing them in cold water and timing 10 minutes from the time the water begins to boil. Then put the pot with the eggs under cold water and let cool. Peel.

While everything is cooling, prepare the mayonnaise. In a bowl, place the egg yolks, mustard, salt, pepper, and whisk*. While continuing to whisk, add the oil in a slow stream, and keep checking the consistency**. Stop pouring the oil after a while, but continue to whisk and check the thickness. Continue adding the oil while whisking until you have reached the desired consistency (the mass should be thick). At the end, add the lemon juice and mix.

When everything has cooled, peel the potatoes and carrots and dice them. The potatoes and eggs should be in larger pieces, but the carrots, pickles, and balogna should be slightly smaller. In a bowl, place the potatoes, carrots, pickles, balogna, and peas. Add the mustard, sour cream, mayo, and mix. Add the eggs and mix again, checking for seasoning if needed. Mix again and leave for the flavours to marry for 12h hours. Serve. Usually with vodka, but in my case with prosecco (served by my dear friend/sommelier Eliza Pinta Kauce).

*It’s best to use a whisk, but a mixer will also do.
**Remember that it is important to mix constantly and pour the oil slowly, or the mayonnaise may split.

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